Folsom relying heavily on youngsters

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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There’s no way around it. With a 14-player roster featuring four sophomores and five freshmen, Folsom High’s softball team will experience some growing pains this season. Folsom coach Brett Magorian expects it and is prepared. But he’s also prepared for next season and the season after that when he feels his team will be much stronger, certainly more experienced and ready to compete. The Lady Bulldogs have only three seniors in Shirley May, Kathleen Dowd and Kristen McDaniels. May carries a big burden, as the team’s most experienced pitcher and team captain, who will also see time at several other positions around the infield. Dowd is a catcher and outfielder, while McDaniels also plays the outfield, primarily in left. Sophomore center fielder Whitney Mayberry joins May as one of the team’s three captains, along with freshman second baseman Samantha Allen. Juniors Katelyn Rosenbauer and Paige Laughon will see time in the outfield and first base, respectively. Joining Mayberry in the sophomore class, Vronica Idrogo will see time at third base and shortstop. January Cornelius is an outfielder, while Adrianna Burlew catches and plays first base. Freshman pitcher Stefanie Troja will likely see a bulk of the time on the rubber and also can play in the outfield. Other freshmen include Devyn Anderson (outfield), Alyssa Hayes (third base/shortstop) and Kacie Hurlimann (third base). The Lady Bulldogs are off to a 2-3 start on the season, picking up wins over Bella Vista and Kennedy. “We have a very young team and this season is about trying to build a program,” Folsom coach Brett Magorian said. “If we play as a team and have the players come out of this season with the full knowledge of how to play the game we will consider it a successful season. We want the girls to improve their overall skills and knowledge of the game and learn how to play and communicate with each other as a team. We feel we have a talented group of girls and it’s just a matter of them putting it together and building a good team in the future.”